Prasa employees had a conflict of interest
TRANSPORT Minister Joe Maswanganyi has revealed that four Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) employees have been identified as awarding contracts worth more than R100 million to companies whose directors they had connections with. In a reply to a parliamentary question published yesterday, Maswanganyi said the employees, Monwabisi Kondlo, a senior engineer at Prasa Tech; Maishe Bopape, a senior manager in the supply chain management at Prasa Rail; Nongabisaya Mareko, an executive manager; and Carol Tshabalala, a senior manager, were directly involved in the procurement of services while they had a conflict of interest. “Prasa has discovered that certain employees were conflicted with regard to certain contracts,” the minister said. In Kondlo’s case, Batalala Construction was awarded a R8.6 million contract in the 2014/15 financial year to “construct new drainage at the Pretoria and Barrack stations”. Kondlo and the directors or Batalala are partners in another firm, Tenemane Engineers, as directors.